WASPS director of rugby Dai Young has admitted his team were lucky to beat Newport-Gwent Dragons last night and says the Welsh side deserved to win their final Amlin Challenge Pool Three clash.
Wasps won it 20-19 and will now have a home quarter-final in the competition unless Tolouse score a hatful of tries this weekend, but Young says his players got away with an ‘awful’ display.
He said: “I thought we were awful, unrecognisable from the team we’ve been in the last six weeks. You can offer all sorts of excuses, but there wasn’t an area I was pleased with.
“I’ve told the players that wasn’t good enough and we’ve got through by the skin of our teeth.
“We didn’t respect the ball, we tried to play without any penetration. We went from side to side and made it really easy for them, and when we couldn’t get any quick ball we couldn’t deal with playing off slow ball.
“I thought the Dragons wanted it more than us in most areas. I thought they were the better team and deserved to win.
“I suppose we’ve got to draw a line under it and be pleased we’ve got through it. We worked hard to get into the quarter-finals. The five other performances were far better than that one so we deserve to be there.”